Canadian plastics association promotes polystyrene recycling

Canadian plastics association promotes polystyrene recycling

CPIA says it has supported depot-based and curbside collection programs for this material.

November 2, 2015

The Toronto-based Canadian Plastics Industry Association (CPIA) reports that almost 3,000 tons of expanded polystyrene (mostly used for protective and transport packaging) were recycled in Canada in 2013.

In addition the association says that many Canadian cities already collect polystyrene (PS) foam (and nonfoam rigid PS) through curbside and depot recycling programs, and this model could work elsewhere.

For example, the CPIA says it has supported the development of a depot-based collection program in Montreal, as well as curbside programs in many Ontario communities, and Multi Material British Columbia collects PS at more than 280 depot locations in that province.

With these programs, residents will be able to recycle polystyrene foodservice packaging, egg cartons, meat trays, protective packaging and other PS products.

The CPIA says PS foam foodservice products offer many benefits, including their ability keep foods and drinks hot, sanitation benefits and ease of transport.

Collected PS foam foodservice products are condensed, bundled and sent to recyclers to make new products, such as moldings, picture frames, coat hangers, office products and surfboard blanks.

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